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Lost Filling Advice

Dental caries or Tooth decay can cause the shape of the tooth around a filling to change causing it to become loose and fall out. This can happen whilst eating or during normal activity and can be disconcerting at the time.

Whilst not usually serious depending on the cause, a missing filling can result in complications if left untreated.

If a filling has fallen out due to ongoing infection of the tooth causing deterioration of the structure beneath the filling, then the infection itself can become a health issue because, as with all tooth decay, bacteria can find its way into the bloodstream and surrounding bone and soft tissue.

Whilst in many cases there is no sign of infection or discomfort from the missing filling, sometimes pain can be caused by sensitivity of the nerve to pressure and heat, particularly if the nerve has not been treated with a root canal prior to filling and is still "alive".

To prevent debris entering the site of the filling or damage to the tooth's structure, your dentist will be able to replace the filling, which should be done as soon as possible.

Non Steroidal anti inflammatories and pain killers such as Ibuprofen and paracetamol can, in many cases, alleviate the pain until a dentist appointment can be made. If there are signs of a serious infection of the tooth with accompanying fever or pain or swelling then it is time for an emergency dentist.

If over the counter pain relief fails to control your symptoms then the services of an emergency dentist surgery should also be sought.


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